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4 Keys to Prepare Your Soul to Preach

Out of the depths with God a fire has been placed in our own souls.

4 Keys to Prepare Your Soul to Preach

In her wonderful book, When God is Silent, Barbara Brown Taylor reminds us preachers that there is nothing like that moment of silence just before we begin to preach. We look out and wonder if we are about to waste the parishioners' time. We look at our manuscript and ask, "Will we embarrass ourselves? Will we contribute to the famine? Will we simply give filler food? Have our words been chewed so many times (repeated so often already) that there are no nutrients left in them?"

These are critical questions for an age that is finding it harder to find spiritual nourishment. It's not that we should work to end the human hunger for God's Word; rather, we are called to intensify the appetite so that, as Taylor puts it, "the whole world will bang its forks for God's Word." Now that they have a taste, they are desperate for more. But this will require a change for some. It will require that we preach with a depth that is largely absent.

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Likhwa Adam Jele Khumbuza

March 31, 2015  2:09am

You are very right brother, we need more to look at our selves and our relationship with God Before we speeak the word of God to the masses. Surely harvest is plenty and shall remain plenty but what is lacking are the harvesters.We are lacking because, like our grand Moses, we tend to like to usrup God's honour and in turn God deny Us the sickle to harvest with.If only we can listern more to God than to any other things, whether God wispers and the Devil speaks louder, we have to listern to God no matter what comes.Unfortunately as preachers we tend to listern to the devil because the devil would have used a loud speaker and in so doing we get destructed. The three hebrews boys in the book of daniel were not distructed by the loud speaker of being thrown in the furnance, but they listerned to the wispers of God who said I shall be with you in the fire as your shield therefore you shall not burn. In the fire the went with God and they didnot get burnt.GOD BE WITH YOU

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Joseph Udoh

March 30, 2015  6:27pm

A timely reminder that as disciples: we need to wake up to listen to the Lord

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B Weger

March 30, 2015  4:23pm

Great article. I think there is a real danger for us as preachers that we do indeed become so busy with ministry that we seem to forget the main focus and that is our alone time with the LORD.

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